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Shalom Lappin

Professor Shalom Lappin FBA

Photograph of Professor Shalom LappinEmeritus Professor of Computational Linguistics

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Shalom Lappin is Professor of Computational Linguistics. He received his BA in Philosophy at York University, Toronto Canada (1970), and his MA (1973) and PhD (1976) in Philosophy at Brandeis University. He taught philosophy at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (1974-1980), Linguistics at the University of Ottawa (1980-84), where he was Chair of the Linguistics Department (1981-84), and linguistics at the University of Haifa (1984-88) and Tel Aviv University (1988-89).

He was a Research Staff Member in the Natural Language Group of the Computer Science Department at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (1989-93). He then took up a position in the Linguistics Department at SOAS, University of London (1993-99).

He came to the Philosophy Department at King's in 1999, and then moved to the Computer Science Department, where he was head of the Natural Language Processing Group (2000-05). In September, 2005 he returned to the Philosophy Department and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA)

Research interests
  • Computational linguistics
  • Formal and computational semantics
  • Logic
  • Cognitive modelling of linguistic knowledge
Selected publications
  • Shalom Lappin (in press), “Intensions as Computable Functions”, Linguistic Issues in Language Technology.
  • Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin (2013), “Complexity in Language Acquisition”,Topics in Cognitive Science 5, Special Issue on Formal Learning Theory edited by Sean Fulop and Nick Chater, pp. 89-110.
  • Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin (2012), “Computational Learning Theory and Language Acquisition” in Ruth Kempson, Tim Fernando, and Nicholas Asher (eds.),
  •     Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Volume 14: Philosophy of Linguistics, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 441-471.
  • Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin (2011), Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Chris Fox and Shalom Lappin (2010), “Expressiveness and Complexity in Underspecified Semantics”, Linguistic Analysis 36. 

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

Issues relating to natural language, linguistics, computational linguistics, language and human cognition, and natural language technology 

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